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  • Jason Nolf

    October 2, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Feel free to ask any questions!

  • Geno Morelli

    November 25, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    @Jason What grip are using for the cradle finshes?

    • Jason Nolf

      November 25, 2022 at 3:01 pm

      I like the S grip or the gable grip for my cradle locks. I typically start with S grip because it’s faster to get to but if I can adjust to the gable grip without losing my lock then I will do that to tighten the cradle up.

  • Issac Chavarria

    January 27, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Could you still hit that cradle from the double leg if they start pulling your leg out to funk roll?

    • Jason Nolf

      January 28, 2023 at 12:03 pm

      As you drive your double leg down to the ground, you need to protect your feet. To get a clean finish in almost any takedown, you need to make sure you hide your feet from your opponent. If they can’t get your feet then they can’t funk roll.

      However, if they do start to funk roll and pass your leg, it is more important to float the position to the other side rather than focusing on the cradle.

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Jason Nolf.
  • Issac Chavarria

    January 29, 2023 at 1:33 am

    And your hiding your feet by circling your feet towards the butt?

    • Jason Nolf

      January 29, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      Yes toward my own butt. I always hide my feet under my butt. Think of it as windshield wiping your feet.

  • Paul Hipwell

    June 9, 2023 at 11:30 am

    I really like the instructional. Here are a few questions:

    – would you keep the same head position for double legs in submission grappling? (if not, how would you finish?)

    – What do you like to do with the whizzer in the dogfight?

    – If the opponent gets his foot to our inside hip (instead of between our legs) from the standing head-inside single, do you run the pipe or would you switch to something else?

    I’ve a few more questions but I’ll stop there for now.


    • Jason Nolf

      June 11, 2023 at 7:29 pm

      Hey Paul! I appreciate the support!

      1. For submission grappling, I do 1 of 3 things. The first thing I would look to do is to keep my head in their chest and blast them off their feet. The second thing I would do is run my feet to the opposite side of the body that my head is on to prevent guillotine. The third thing I could do is turn it into a duck under sort of and get my head up past their armpit and shoulder and get behind them.

      2. In the dog fight, I like to use my whizzer to counter in 3 different ways. I actually made a video on this and on offensive side and put it in my subscription group here on Ocean you can check it out by going to Subscriptions or by clicking on my profile. The first thing I need to do is keep his head away with my free hand. The second thing is to use my inside shin to block his hip and keep his hips back. The third thing is to look to square up with him. Offensively, there are a lot of different options to beat the whizzer. One option is to knee fight to get your knee in front of your opponent’s knee and get to the body lock. Once you get the body lock, you can twist him down by using your radius bone on his ribs. Another option is to get both of your knees behind your opponent’s leg and look to shelf his foot on your hip with your outside hand. Then you can finish from there.

      3. If my opponent gets his foot to my inside hip, I would still look to run the pipe and if my opponent doesn’t fall over then I would use it to get him off balance and then swing his foot up into my arm pit and look to finish from there. Or I could slip my head to an outside single leg and finish across to my double leg.

      Keep the questions coming!!

      Thanks again.


      • Paul Hipwell

        June 14, 2023 at 4:20 pm

        Hi @jason , thanks for the reply. Here are a couple more questions.

        What do you like to do if you get taken over from a chest-wrap defense to a double leg (under ADCC rules)? Do you try to hold on to the double leg?

        Do you try to knee slide to get posture back if you’re extended on a double leg? Or do you let go of the legs straight away and move into the duck-out-to-high-crotch etc?

        I appreciate the help,


  • Jason Nolf

    June 17, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    Hey paul! @p

    1. Yes I would just keep ahold of the double leg and then i would turn toward whatever side i was closer on to the legs. If you let go, your opponent can escape.

    2. Sometimes I will knee slide to get posture back, but a lot of times it is easier to change to a single leg and start looking to get the angle or to clear out of the position or duck out as you suggested, especially if I am really extended. If I am barely extended, that would be a case when I could knee slide back in for better posture.


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